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DHHS Opens H1N1 Vaccine Supply to All Granite Staters 6 Months and Older

December 21, 2009

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today announced all Granite Staters 6 months and older are eligible to receive the H1N1 vaccine. The recent increase in the supply of H1N1 vaccine has enabled DHHS to expand vaccination efforts to the general public.

"We know there are many people who have been waiting for this news," said Public Health Director Dr. José Montero, "and while this is good news, we continue to strongly encourage those most at risk for complications from H1N1 to get the vaccine, including pregnant women and people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years of age."

The following high-risk groups are still encouraged to be vaccinated against H1N1:

"While influenza-like illness has been decreasing the last couple of weeks, there is the very real possibility we will see another wave of this pandemic," said Montero. "It is my hope that everyone will make time during the holiday season to get vaccinated, as this is the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against the H1N1 flu."

The vaccine is free and available through healthcare providers and the public and school-based clinics that are being organized through the State's All Health Hazard Regions. Children younger than 6 months of age are not eligible to receive the vaccine because influenza vaccine is not approved for use in this age group.

Free H1N1 Vaccine Clinics Scheduled at LRH:
The vaccine is available from 8:00 am-6:00 pm on the following dates:
Monday, Dec. 21
Thursday, Dec. 24
Monday, Dec. 28
Wednesday, Dec. 30
Please stop by the Main Lobby Desk at Littleton Regional Hospital for directions. Questions related to H1N1 should be directed to Kelli Keiler, RN , WCC -Infection Control (603) 259-7701.

For H1N1 resources and information about clinics visit www.nh.gov or call the NH Public Inquiry line between 8 and 5 by dialing 2-1-1 or 866-444-4211. Additional H1N1 resources are available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov and the US Department of Health and Human Services at www.flu.gov.

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